Behind the Camera
I’m Mike, and I’m a boudoir photographer. I focus on creating gorgeous, empowering portraits for people of all shapes, ages, and sizes. I’ve been shooting boudoir for several years, and I wouldn’t do anything else. I think it helps to know who is behind the camera, so I want to tell you about how I got started shooting boudoir and why you should trust me to make your boudoir experience amazing.
How I got started
When I was new to photography I shot everything. Travel, engagements, senior pictures, you name it. One day I got asked to do a boudoir shoot. I’ll admit I was nervous. Most boudoir photographers are women, and I felt like boudoir wasn’t really ‘for’ me. But, I agreed to do that shoot and I’m glad I did.
My client was a mom. She was in her mid 40s and celebrating her 15th wedding anniversary. She wanted to do a boudoir session as a gift to her husband and brought her sister there for moral support. After walking her through the first few poses I stopped and showed her the back of the camera. She saw the picture and immediately happy tears started streaming down her face. She told me she hadn’t felt this beautiful and sexy in a very long time, and that it felt amazing to see herself as more than just a mom.
After that I was hooked. Seeing my art bring that kind of joy was such an amazing reward. I love helping people fall in love with their bodies and feel as beautiful as they are. I knew from that moment that I wanted to focus on boudoir.
A Male Boudoir Photographer?
It’s true that most boudoir photographers are women, but I see this as a reason you should book with me. I think the male perspective makes my work unique. It’s what brings the sultry look you’ve probably noticed in my portfolio to my work. While I always say boudoir is a gift you give yourself, if your session is going to be a gift for a man in your life then a male photographer is exactly what you need.
That being said, some women prefer to shoot with women photographers. That’s okay, and I’ll happily refer you to one. But, if you want the best boudoir experience in Chicago, I’m your guy.